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  • Date: 6-02-2019, 19:08
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Feedback of the Participant of the NPSC 2019

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Don’t miss the opportunity to develop yourself!

   I had a great opportunity to take part in the National Public Speaking Competition 2019, which was held on February, 2 at America House, Kyiv. This year there were 14 participants – university and school students from different regions of Ukraine, who competed to represent our country in London in May. In Round 1 we made videos and streamed them on YouTube, where we spoke on the theme ‘Lie has speed, but truth has endurance’.

   The theme of the Semi-Final was ‘Nature is a common language’. I began preparing for the competition a few weeks in advance. My colleagues and me visited trainings by previous years’ participants – Helen Dzhus and Karyna Kovalchuk, where we got advice how to write our prepared speeches properly and get the audience`s attention. I decided to present not only the nature in general, but also express my ideas about human nature. I found the facts and the results of one experiment that confirm people to be double-faced and pretentious.

   When we were at America House, we made an acquaintance with the Question team, the members of the jury and other participants. Each of us presented the theme in the way we saw it, answered all the questions. To my mind it was a marvelous chance to get experience, analyze the participants` ideas, make acquaintance with new people not only from Ukraine, but from all over the world, enrich you vocabulary and share experiences.

For the Final the jury chose 5 best students, where they delivered impromptu speeches. They had only 10 minutes for making some notes and getting their thoughts together after they got the title of the speech. On the screen the audience could see how the rivals were preparing for their speeches in another room. After listening to all the finalists, there was a short break, during which the jury chose the winner, the best speaker according to the audience choice and the runner-up.

   Both the winner and the best speaker to the audience choice of the NPSC is Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets, a pupil of the 11 form from Pedagogical Lyceum, Kropyvnytskyi. And the runner-up is Oleksiy Chaikovskyi, a student from Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman.

All the participants received a Certificate of Honour for their outstanding performances and the winners of the NPSC were given some prizes from America House and Dr. Nadiya Ivanenko, the Chairman of the ESU Ukraine, and Dr Larysa Yarova, Steering Committee member.

   After the competition we took photographs and selfies with other participants, the members of the jury and the Question team to catch that great time we spent at America House.

   As for me, I participated in the NPSC for the first time. And my only mistake is that I didn`t do it in previous years. I had an opportunity, but I missed it.

Dear students and pupils, I want to give you advice. Don`t hesitate and take part in the NPSC. It is really a good chance to develop yourself, overcome the fear to speak in public and get to know new people.

   I am grateful to America House for hosting and providing such a great atmosphere during the competition; the ESU Ukraine – for giving a chance to students and pupils to speak in public and make progress in learning English; the jury and the Question team – for being attentive listeners and asking precise questions, the audience for being the most powerful support for the participants and of course, the participants not for fearing to take part and express the ideas on prepared and impromptu speeches.

 

Nadiia Veselovska

Participant of the NPSC 2019

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  • Date: 6-02-2019, 18:59
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Feedback of the Semi-Finalist of the NPSC 2019

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You fail when you stop trying

  On February the second, America House in Kyiv kindly welcomed the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition organized by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine. That was an amazing possibility to make our thoughts heard, exchange ideas, meet soulmates and gain much experience.

Needless to say, that event consisted of two stages. First, 14 potential and talented semi-finalists from all over the country shared their prepared speeches on the topic ‘Nature is a common language’ and answered the provocative questions from the audience, judges and the Question team. Each speaker put all the experience and potential in the speech. To tell the truth, I was amazed by their talent, ideas that were shared to make this world better. The second stage was the final: 5 participants were chosen to present impromptu speeches. All the finalists did a great job and did their best.

 The judges finally announced Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets as the winner of NPSC 2019 and as the audience choice. And Oleksii Chaikovskyi became the runner-up of the competition.

Feedback of the Semi-Finalist of the NPSC 2019

 

    Now I’d like to share my motivation that drove me while being in the center of attention.

Public action isn’t an easy thing, right? Some people wish to avoid any of such actions, but not me and other competitors of the National Public Speaking Competition. 

I remember my first time standing out there in front of the full public. My palms were sweating; my thoughts were confused but my mom smiled proudly. That made me believe that was the time to share my ideas. However, it’s the second chance to compete, my excitement was strong. Now I believe everyone can do that. Are you afraid of speaking publicly? Do it. Are you not sure the audience shares your ideas? Do it. Are you afraid of being ashamed? Anyway do it and do it twice or till you win. That’s my motto.

    Every speaker showed its own world of imagination and arguments. We did it provocatively, funny and presented outstanding performances. Some believe that the winner can be the only one, but I do not agree. Everyone is the winner because we won our greatest fears. After the performance we gained much experience as well as friends. 

I was so lucky to have a chance to be in America house and enjoy this special cozy atmosphere. I want to say thanks to all who organize this amazing possibility for young generation. Everyone who was the part of this event, thank you, because you made our thoughts and ideas heard.

   If you hesitate about doing anything, don’t think at all. You must act. That’s the point of our confidence and achieving any success. Being a part of NPSC made me stronger, more confident and I feel that after such exciting event I can perform in front of the whole world.

  

Kamila Kulieva

Semi-Finalist of the NPSC 2019 

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  • Date: 6-02-2019, 18:55
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Feedback of the Winner of the NPSC 2019

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An opportunity to demonstrate our talents

 

            My acquaintance with the National Public Speaking Competition started when my teacher Yuliia Myckolaivna Vereshchak told me about this competition and encouraged me to participate in it. To be completely honest, it was scared and so out of my comfort zone, yet, these were the reasons why I agreed to compete.

            The topic of my first speech, which was filmed at home by me, was ‘The Lie Has Speed, but Truth Has Endurance’. At first, I was completely lost because this topic was so vast, and I didn't want to be repetitive. Therefore, my first piece of advice is, when you have a text to write, you should sit down and brainstorm the ideas and only then start writing your text on the basis of your notes.

Feedback of the Winner of the NPSC 2019

 

            After being accepted to the Semi-final, I was super happy but at the same time, I was afraid because I'm just a high school student and public speaking is definitely not my cup of tea. The topic for the prepared speech for the Semi-final was ‘Nature is a common language’. First few weeks I didn't know what I wanted to write about at all. I wanted my speech to be educational but also understandable for everyone. After brainstorming, I wrote the text. But that wasn't a final stage. I re-wrote it several times in order for it to be perfect. Another advice I would give to anyone, who is preparing to speak to the public, is to present your speech to everyone in your house. I read my speech to my grandparents, who didn't understand a word, and I also read it to my relatives, who could speak English. The point is that you can prepare in that way to the real presentation. I also went to the training, held by Karina Kovalchuk, former National Public Speaking Competition finalist, and that training helped me immensely. I heard a lot about previous competitions and Karina gave us much advice, which frankly, helped me a lot.

Feedback of the Winner of the NPSC 2019

 

            So, I took the train to Kyiv and stressed out the whole Friday about the competition. Finally, Saturday came, and I was as relaxed as I could. I didn't revise my text much on Friday because I knew that I did my best and knew it perfectly. Upon coming to America House, the venue for the competition, my anxiety returned into the full force. However, the atmosphere and people in America House were so friendly that I immediately felt relaxed and talked to others. I immediately became friends with other participants and we encouraged each other. I wished to be the first one to present my speech for then I would not be anxious the entire presentation. Unfortunately, I was at the end. Since I saw how other competitors came on stage and presented their speeches well, I felt terribly nervous. When my name was called out, I went to the stage and blacked out. I honestly don't remember any moment of my prepared speech. I was that much nervous. Yet, even in that situation, I tried to do my best to connect with the audience. I mentally divided the room into four parts, and I chose one person in each section to focus on. My presentation went horrible, I thought.

            On the break after my speech, the woman Sophie came to me and told me she liked my speech. That was a boost for me and an example for my impromptu speech, the topic of which was "What is the best motivator to succeed?". When preparing for the impromptu speech, you only have 10 minutes, you should only write points, not complete sentences. After my impromptu speech, there was another break when I talked to a lot of people. Personally, I consider myself an introvert but considering how much I talked on Saturday and how many conversations I started with amazing and talented people there, I could say for sure that I'm an ambivert. It was so easily talking to everyone in the room, even the people you don't know. You could also easily come up to any of the judges or question team and ask them what they thought about your speech and what mistake you made and how you can improve your speaking skills. Honestly, for me, it was super interesting to hear the critique because I believe there's always room to grow.  Or you can simply talk about nothing and make jokes. I made a lot of jokes that day.

            When the winner was announced, I was in shock. I was 100% sure that the winner would be someone else, not me. It is still hard to believe that the audience and the judges chose me to represent Ukraine at the International Public Speaking Competition 2019. Yet, I don't think that Saturday was mainly about my win. I liked being in this friendly atmosphere and I felt as if I was at home, talking to a bunch of old friends. There wasn't any pressure and there wasn't any competing between other contestants. There was only support from the judges, question team, other competitors and audience. I think that it is a useful experience for me and for everyone, who has ever participated or want to do it, and I'm super thankful to English Speaking Union for giving us an opportunity to demonstrate our talents and to try ourselves in something new.

Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets,

Winner of the NPSC 2019